Editors' preface; Notes on contributors; Part I. Introduction: Criticism and Tradition: 1. The institution of criticism in the eighteenth century Douglas Lane Patey; 2. Ancients and moderns Douglas Lane Patey; Part II. Genres: 3. Poetry, 1660-1740 James Sambrook; 4. Poetry, after 1740 William Keach; 5. Drama, 1660-1740 Maximilian E. Novak; 6. Drama, after 1740 John Osborne; 7. Prose fiction: France English Showalter Jr; 8. Prose fiction: Great Britain Michael McKeon; 9. Prose fiction: Germany and the Netherlands C. W. Schoneveld; 10. Historiography Michel Baridon; 11. Biography and autobiography Felicity A. Nussbaum; 12. Criticism and the rise of periodical literature James Basker; Part III. Language and Style: 13. Theories of language Nicholas Hudson; 14. The contributions of rhetoric to literary criticism George A. Kennedy; 15. Theories of style Pat Rogers; 16. Generality and particularity Leo Damrosch; 17. The sublime Jonathan Lamb; Part IV. Themes and Movements: 18. Sensibility and literary criticism John Mullan; 19. Women and literary criticism Terry Castle; 20. Primitivism Maximillian E. Novak; 21. Medieval revival and the Gothic Peter Sabor; 22. Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau and the Encyclopedie Charles A. Porter; 23. German literary theory from Gottsched to Goethe Klaus L. Berghahn; 24. The Scottish enlightenment Joan H. Pittock; 25. Canons and canon formation Jan Gorak; Part V. Literature and Other Disciplines: 26. Literature and philosophy Susan Manning; 27. The psychology of literary creation and literary response James Sambrook; 28. Taste and aesthetics: (i) Shaftesbury and Addison: criticism and the public taste David Marshall; (ii) The rise of aesthetics from Baumgarten to Humboldt Hans Reiss; 29. Literature and the other arts: (i) Ut pictura poesis David Marshall; (ii) The picturesque David Marshall; (iii) Literature and music Dean Mace; (iv) Parallels between the arts Dean Mace; 30. Classical scholarship and literary criticism Glenn W. Most; 31. Biblical scholarship and literary criticism Marcus Walsh; 32. Science and literary criticism Michel Baridon; Bibliography; Index.
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H. B. Nisbet is Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Cambridge. Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University.
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